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Microsoft Teams to have Cortana integration, other features

Inline message translation would allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages

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  • Microsoft will soon reveal new features
  • The new feature will include Cortana
  • It will work as a rival to platform Slack

With Microsoft Teams completing one year this week, the company is set to unveil new features, including Cortana integration and inline message translation for Teams — the company’s answer to business communication service rival Slack.

Microsoft's Cortana will be answer to rival, Slack.
Microsoft’s Cortana will be answer to rival, Slack.

“This week marks the first anniversary of the worldwide launch of Microsoft Teams. Today, 2,00,000 organisations in 181 markets and 39 languages use Teams,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

The added integration with Cortana’s digital voice assistance could give Microsoft an edge in its battle with Slack as the importance of voice-based computing in the workplace and within business productivity applications grows.

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“Will enable you to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices,” the company added.

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Other features that would be rolled out throughout the year include Cloud recording, background blur on video, proximity detection for Teams Meetings and mobile sharing in meetings. Inline message translation would allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages. IANS

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Microsoft Releasing its Redesigned MS Outlook For Windows, Web users

More enhancements would keep coming over the next few months with updated features

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Microsoft is releasing the redesigned version of its personal information manager Outlook to Windows and Web users with improved search options, simplified ribbon (toolbars at the top of the window) and options to control and personalise inboxes.

The revamped version of “Outlook” comes with provisions of finding files quicker in the inbox, suggested replies, simplified event creation option and smart-room suggestion to help users find the best rooms for meetings based on time, availability and preferences, Gabriel Valdez from the tech and marketing team for Outlook, Microsoft wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Additionally, the “Outlook” redesign also incorporates simpler ways to the “add-in” experience that brings the user’s most used apps into the inbox for faster multitasking, including saving an email directly to notebook, translating emails on the fly or peer-to-peer paying.

“You can also install more add-ins from the Office Store-simply open an email, click the drop-down menu, and select Get Add-ins. Once installed, add-ins will show up in the drop-down menu. You can also choose to pin frequently used add-ins,” wrote Valdez.

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Microsoft has also added more ways to manage groups in refreshed “Outlook” version like faster and simpler group creation, richer group card, more efficient group email triage and group Files view that would focus on the latest file activity and group management.

More enhancements would keep coming over the next few months with updated features.

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“Based on your feedback, we’ll iterate, improve, refine, or discard them,” Valdez added.

The new Outlook is not yet available on Mac, but the redesign is available now for Windows users in the “Targeted programme” while “Targeted Release” users would get it in the next few weeks. (IANS)

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